Sneak preview of the EUscreen portal during the Learning on Screen conference

By Eve-Marie Oesterlen

The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) was proud to present a sneak preview of the EUscreen portal as part of its Learning on Screen conference held at the National Film Theatre (BFI Southbank), London, on 24th March 2011. In his showcase presentation, Luis Carrasqueiro outlined the benefits and challenges of providing standardised and multilingual access to the television content of 19 European archives to around 50 delegates from British universities and media institutions.

The demonstration of the beta version of the EUscreen portal and its content focused on ways in which to make best use of this unique European multi-media resource within the context of higher education. Questions by interested participants revolved around the re-use of content, the range of the audiovisual material included in the project and whether copyright issues prevented the inclusion of up to date material. Learning on Screen is the annual conference and awards ceremony held by BUFVC on the importance and benefits of using image and sound in education.

The presentation slides can be found here.

The EUscreen consortium expands with Maastricht University

By Wietske van den Heuvel

The EUscreen consortium has welcomed Maastricht University as a new partner into the project. The university will be represented by Professor dr. Andreas Fickers, currently working as an Associate Professor for comparative media history at the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has also worked for the University of Utrecht where he has been involved in Video Active, the precursor of EUscreen.  Dr. Andreas Fickers is one of the founders of the European Television History Network, an academic network which is closely involved in EUscreen. The work of Maastricht University will mainly focus on the contextualisation of audiovisual content and addressing the academic community.

EUscreen is always looking for opportunities to enlarge it’s consortium and network. Currently, we have a special interest in audiovisual archives. If you would like to join, please contact us.

New web exhibition and book release about Harry Schein at the National Library of Sweden

By Christopher Natzén

In March 2010 the National Library of Sweden (KB) released a new book with the title ”Citizen Schein” (eds. Lars Ilshammar, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund) about Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish film institute. A web exhibition for the book release was created by Tomas Ehrnborg and Örjan Markusson. The exhibition contains both audiovisual materials as well as documents, and has had over 16.000 visitors since the launch of the site. With the book, two DVD’s were released that contain news clips and other appearances of Harry Schein, mainly on television programmes taken from KB’s collections. Some of the items, as an arranged tennis match where the former Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme acts as referee, can also be viewed at KB’s YouTube-channel.

New INA president appointed

By Claude Mussou

Mathieu Gallet, former deputy chief of the staff for Frederic Mitterrand , French minister of Culture and communication, has been appointed as Ina‘s president after Emmanuel Hoog was elected president of the French Press Agency (AFP) on April 15th. AFP is one of the top four press agencies in the world with journalists working in 165 countries and offices in 115 countries.

Mathieu Gallet, 33 years old, has graduated from Bordeaux Institute of Political Sciences and holds a Masters degree in business from the Sorbonne. He had been working in the Media industry (Pathé, Canal+) before he started a career in public affairs, chief advisor to several French ministers.

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